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|Tuesday Night Reviews
Tuesday, 7-December-2021 23:07:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Pro on Vortez.
ASUS Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi on HWAsylum.
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E Motherboard on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE Z590 Vision G Motherboard on NikKTech.
Intel 12th-gen Core i9-12900K & i5-12600K Workstation Performance on TechGage.
Biostar Z690A Valkyrie Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI MPG Z690 CARBON WiFi on Vortez.
Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master's Intel LGA1700 Mounting Kit on FunkyKit.
SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB on TechPowerUp.
Hyte Revolt 3 Mini-ITX (video review) by OCClub.
Deepcool CG560 chassis on Guru3D.
XPG Starker Air on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2 TB + PS5 Heatsink on TechPowerUp.
ZADAK TWSS3 1TB SSD on NikKTech.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 500GB with 176 Layer Micron SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P5 Plus 2TB SSD Review - Elite Performance on Tweaktown.
SPC Gear GK650K Omnis Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Mistel Q75 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: PowerColor x Ducky One 2 SF keyboard on TechPowerUp.
DeepCool MC310 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Prime Mini Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Lexar DDR4-3200 SODIMM 32GB Laptop Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Neo Forza Faye DDR4-4600 2x 16GB on TechPowerUp.
TRENDnet TPE-TG51g (video review) by OCClub.
ASUS ROG Strix GS-AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Router on APHNetworks.
EnGenius ECS2512FP. 8-port 2.5G Cloud Switch on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Cetra II Core in-ear gaming headset on TechPowerUp.
EarFun Air Pro 2 TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
Movo UM300 USB condenser microphone on TechPowerUp.
Creative Chat USB On-ear Headset with Noise-cancelling Mic on MadShrimps.
Sabinetek SmartMike+ with 3rd Party Apps on FunkyKit.
Viotek FI32DB WQHD Monitor on NikKTech.
JBL Reflect Flow Pro TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
Technics AZ70 True Wireless Earphones on TechPowerUp.
Chorus! game on OCClub.
ICARUS: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Blender 3.0 – How Fast Are GPUs in Cycles X, EEVEE & Viewport? on Techgage.
Dying Light Complete Experience on OCClub.
Farming Simulator 22: DLSS vs. DLAA vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
50 Games Tested: GeForce RTX 3070 Ti vs. Radeon RX 6800 on TechPowerUp.
Allied Patriot-A Gaming PC Review: Ryzen 5 5600X + RTX 3070 8GB LHR on Tweaktown.
HiFive Unmatched: Exploring A RISC-V Computing Experience on HotHardware.
Silverstone HELA 2050 W Review - World's Strongest PSU on TechPowerUp.
|Retro Gaming December 2021
Friday, 3-December-2021 00:29:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A couple of people pointed out this advent calendar of code, which I guess counts as today's "Flash Timewaster", which is a term I haven't used in so long it has become outdated in the meantime. :) Collect stars by solving puzzles. Two puzzles will be made available on each day in the Advent calendar; the second puzzle is unlocked when you complete the first. Each puzzle grants one star. Good luck!
Anyway, this month's Retro Let's Play is Parasite Eve from 1998. Parasite Eve is a 1998 action role-playing horror video game developed and published by Square. The game is a sequel to the novel Parasite Eve, written by Hideaki Sena; it is also the first game in the Parasite Eve video game series. The story follows New York City police officer Aya Brea over a six-day span in 1997 as she attempts to stop the Eve, a woman who plans to destroy the human race through spontaneous human combustion. Players explore levels set in areas of New York while utilizing a pausable real-time combat system along with several role-playing game elements.
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But if you prefer your games zoomy rather than spooky, this month's Retro Racing game is Star Wars Episode 1 Racer from 1999. Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a 1999 racing video game based on the podracing sequence featured in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The game features all of the racers and race course on Tatooine featured in The Phantom Menace. It also adds several new courses, some on Tatooine, others on various planets. Several single player modes, including a tournament mode, are available for play. It also features multiplayer, the format of which varies by platform. Jake Lloyd and Lewis MacLeod, who portrayed Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba in The Phantom Menace, reprise their roles in the game.
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Sunday, 28-November-2021 17:38:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg
If the lack of IO on your Raspberry Pi is getting you down, a new Seaberry Mini-ITX board might be the solution. And the Seaberry needs all that room, to jam in all the ports! I tested an Intel i350 dual-gigabit LAN card, a Dual-TPU Coral M.2 Accelerator, a KIOXIA XG6 M.2 NVMe SSD, a Compex WLE200NX 802.11n WiFi card, an Intel AX210 WiFi 6E card, a dual SATA controller, and more—and everything worked (more or less...) That blog post is by Jeff Geerling, and I've been enjoying his YouTube channel lately as well. You can read my review of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B here.
NASA are going all Deep Impact, launching a spacecraft to test defending Earth from asteroids. The spacecraft will intercept the Didymos system between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, 2022, intentionally slamming into Dimorphos at roughly 4 miles per second (6 kilometers per second). Scientists estimate the kinetic impact will shorten Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos by several minutes. Researchers will precisely measure that change using telescopes on Earth. Their results will validate and improve scientific computer models critical to predicting the effectiveness of the kinetic impact as a reliable method for asteroid deflection.
The Top500 Supercomputer rankings have been updated, with Japan's Fugaku at the top, and 3x as fast as second place. Installed at the Riken Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan, it was co-developed by Riken and Fujitsu and is based on Fujitsu’s custom ARM A64FX processor. Fugaku also uses Fujitsu’s Tofu D interconnect to transfer data between nodes. In single or further-reduced precision, which are often used in machine learning and A.I. application, Fugaku has a peak performance above 1,000 PFlop/s (1 Exaflop/s). As a result, Fugaku is often introduced as the first “Exascale” supercomputer. Interestingly they note there may be unranked Chinese supercomputers that are even faster.
HotHardware have a MacBook Pro 14, and are testing Apple's M1 Pro performance claims. Sure, the 24" iMac got a redesign, but it had the same M1 silicon as the smaller MacBooks and the Mac mini at the time, which was nothing new. With each passing month, there were rumors, but no new product announcements. Would Apple's planned obsolescence of its Intel-based x86 Macs be delayed? It took a full year, but we finally got there. Now Apple's new 14" and 16" MacBook Pros are available, and they're bearing gifts for the holidays with new M1 Pro and M1 Max power plants under their hoods.
Collins Dictionary have chosen NFT, or Non-Fungible Token as their word of the year for 2021. Now, dictionary-maker Collins has picked NFT as its "word of the year" for 2021, mostly because people are making SRS $$$ from the blockchain-based tech. One of those people is of course the artist who goes by "Beeple"; his collection of 5,000+ everyday digital art pieces went for $69 million earlier this year, which every subsequent article on NFTs has been required to mention. This sale made Beeple one of the best-paid artists on earth. You crazy kids. I have to say, I pretty much live and breathe tech, and I still don't really get the point of NFTs.
Trizae sent word that The PC has won the Golden Joystick Award for Ultimate Hardware of All Time, and in this video, Gabe Newell of Steam fame gives an acceptance speech.
|Sunday Afternoon Reviews
Sunday, 28-November-2021 17:06:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
7Hz Timeless In-Ear Monitors Review - All Aboard the Hype Train! on TechPowerUp.
1MORE ComfoBuds Z True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
IKKO Zerda ITM01 Portable DAC/Amp + ITM-IKKOFFL Magnetic Upgraded Cable on TechPowerUp.
DDR5 Memory Performance Scaling with Alder Lake Core i9-12900K on TechPowerUp.
Core i9 12900K (DDR4 3600 vs DDR5 5200 performance) on Guru3D.
Acer Predator Talos 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Moon Key Artisan Keyboard Wrist Rests and Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X15 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Western Digital 4TB WD Red SN700 SSD on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Torrent Black RGB TG on Guru3D.
XPG Defender on TechPowerUp.
Chieftronic SteelPower 750W PSU on TechPowerUp.
RDNA2 For Workstation: AMD Radeon Pro W6600 & W6800 video cards on TechGage.
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Friday again! Can't believe it's less than a month to Xmas. Anyway, there's quite a fun Geoguessing Game going on in the forums. But in the meantime..
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